Brookes Koepka on Verge of Huge Victory
Though he is 18 holes away of doing just that.
In his first regular season PGA Tour event, the former Florida State Seminole carded a 4-under 67 during the third round at CordeValle Golf Club, to take a two-shot lead heading into Sunday's final round over Jason Kokrak.
It's been well documented this week that Koepka had no status on the PGA Tour to begin 2013. Earning his European Tour status by winning three times on the Challenge Tour.
Now, sleeping on the 54 hole lead in his first PGA Tour event.
With a victory, it not only secures his card for the next two years. It comes with an invite from The Masters, The Players, Hyundai Tournament of Champions and 500 FedEx Cup points. You know, nothing too much to dwell on tonight at 23 years of age.
"It's all about how much pressure you put on yourself," Koepka said. "Obviously, I think there may be some people that don't think I can handle it on Sunday just of the fact that I've never been sitting in this position. Just got to take it as it comes and just be relaxed about it. I'm pretty chill, so nothing really bothers me."
Koepka began his round the way he had hoped to, birdieing three of his first four holes to quickly get to 3-under on his round and 14-under overall.
The one bogey he carded on the front nine came at the par-4, 6th -- Making the turn at 33 and 2-under on his round.
Two birdies book ending a bogey on Nos. 13, 14 and 15 with a final birdie on No. 17, would see Koepka sign for a 4-under, 67 and take a two shot lead over Kokrak heading into Sunday's final round.
In his four Challenge Tour victories this season, two of them were from the lead heading into Sunday's final rounds.
Though the Challenge Tour does not have the level of talent the PGA Tour does. It is sure to be good memories and experience for Koepka to draw from in tomorrow's final round.
Posted by Eddie Garrison